For the honor of Grayskull…
She-Ra has the power!
Still with me? Then you are a rebel, bound to protect our empire from evil tyrants. You know that a strong woman can kick evil’s butt wearing a skimpy outfit and six-inch heels. You are a follower of Princess Adora, daughter of queen Marlena and King Randor of Eternia, twin sister of Prince Adam. Princess Adora, who raises her sword and becomes the most powerful woman in the universe: SHE-RA: PRINCESS OF POWER!
To be honest, I’m not sure how I became such a fan of She-Ra. In 1985, when the show premiered, I was, theoretically at least, out in the world working for a living — and She-Ra: Princess of Power aired during the week — but I have fond memories of She-Ra and Spirit, her beloved steed.
I also have less fond memories of the fact that I never got the She-Ra action figure.
This weekend, I got to see how accurate those memories were, now that 26 episodes of She-Ra: Princess of Power are on Hulu.com.
Granted, the animation is not as smooth as I remember — and, apparently, I wrote an entirely new theme song in my head. But the show is still entertaining and funny. And I couldn’t help thinking that She-Ra must have been partial inspiration for another kick-ass princess.
What I didn’t remember is the show’s subversiveness. In this episode, for example, Hordak demands that all school books which depict the Horde in a negative light must be burned and replaced with books that declare the tribe’s right to rule Etheria. The dialog is reminiscent of the Bush Administration.
By the way, if you want to get ahead of the fashion trends, dig out that She-Ra outfit you’ve been hiding in the top of the closet. These dresses are previews of 2010 collections from Marchesa and Givenchy, respectively.
Are you a She-Ra worshipper? Is the series like you remember it? If you don’t know the Princess of Power, watch a few episodes and let us know what you think.